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Disputed mosque in Copenhagen approved

26. aug. 2011 08.31 English

The city council in Copenhagen has in the local development plan approved the enlargement of the Imam Ali mosque on Vibevej in Copenhagen.

This was decided Thursday with votes from Socialdemokratiet, Radikale Venstre, SF, and Enhedslisten.

According to the plan, the mosque will be enlarged to a traditional mosque with two 32 meters high minarets and a blue dome.  

Critics have accused the mosque construction of being financed by the clerical rule in Iran, but environment spokesman Lars Weiss (S) refuses to take a position on the financial aspects of the construction.

Funding is a matter for the police
- That is no concern of the city council. If there is funding problem, it is a matter for the police or in the last resort the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET), he says.

- We do not assess funding in connection to other construction projects either, Lars Weiss underlines.

Funding is however an essential aspect of the various mosque constructions that have previously been approved in Denmark. None of these projects have been able to raise enough money to actually get the construction work going - neither in Gellerup close to Aarhus nor on Amager in Copenhagen.

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